Interesting...so you are saying that pros like me who have invested that amount not on a self obsoleting H-something but on building a full Hassy film system, LF system, tons of film, paper, chemistry and darkroom hardware are not going to be a part of the art of photography?
You might well have spent that much, but (hopefully) over a long period of time - the 'pay as you go' sensibility - the incremental process of art making.
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'Cows are very fond of being photographed, and, unlike architecture, don't move.' - Oscar Wilde
I doubt the Lunar will be a success. Anyone who has this amount of money to spend just for the sake of buying an expensive camera serving as an ostentatious display of splendor would rather go for a Leica New M. That would be even more true should this person buy it for real use, since the Leica has the better specs apart from the lack of AF.
sorry, should have been more explicit... what i meant to say, was that there are no decent Digital backs for the hasselblad v system... as in not tethered, with decent battery life, and around the 10,000 dollar mark... which i couldn't afford, but would be more affordable, to some, who don't need autofocus, etc. (h system) Also, instead of keeping up such a system that has a great following, and focusing on that, regardless of it being film... they decide to create the lunar, which is a sony body, covered in hasselblad logos, and sell it for over 10 times it's worth... the people at hasseblad corporation obviously have their head so far up they're ass, that they refuse to listen to the mockery that arose from this body.
What is this digital about which you speak?
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
What I don't understand is the average person has no idea what a Hasselblad is. And the people who do know what a Hasselblad is are pretty into photography so they would never overspend and buy a disaster like the Lunar. The market for something like that is tiny. It is a money is no object I will drop thousands on something I don't even understand crowd. I personally only know a tiny number of people like that. None of my doctor, lawyer, banker friends would spend that kind of money without knowing exactly what they are getting. They might be frivolous about $600 but not $6,000. Hasselblad has a really piece of junk on their hands.
The thing that always sticks in my memory the most about Hassies is seeing ancient millionaires staggering around Pt Lobos with canes and
handheld Hassies pretending to be Edward Weston, meanwhile snapshooting wildly, making it perfectly apparent they didn't have a clue what
they were doing. Spend the most and get the best pictures? I don't think so. Any working 4x5 camera with a halfway decent lens has more
I can vouch for the build and quality of the digital Hasselblads (not to everybody's taste, I know, and I squirmed when I saw it, bristling with technology that I happily get on without with my Pentax!), but not for their $45,000 price tag. One of these heavy hitters was observed here in outback Australia on a shoot, excelling at night sky and star trail photography. I may seek out a 503CW to play with. I do like the 6x6 format (universally used in my pinhole camera) and no doubt the second-hand market prices for the V-series will drop over time. We can be assured that those not holding a V-series in perpetuity, if not actually using it, will keep the Hasselblad marque alive in the analogue spectrum for a good while yet, but using one with film is the best thing of all.
.::Gary Rowan Higgins
One beautiful image is worth
a thousand hours of therapy.
"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government
to save the environment."
...ancient millionaires staggering around Pt Lobos with canes and handheld Hassies pretending to be Edward Weston, meanwhile snapshooting wildly, making it perfectly apparent they didn't have a clue what
they were doing...
Perhaps they were waiting for their Charis to appear. Or remembering one who had.
I photograph things to see what things look like photographed.
- Garry Winogrand